Friday, November 30, 2012

2nd Corinthians 6

Verse 4
But in every way we show we are servants of God: in accepting many hard things, in troubles, in difficulties, and in great problems.

Verse 6
We show we are servants of God by our pure lives, our understanding, patience, and kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by true love, by speaking the truth, and by God's power. We use our right living to defend ourselves against everything.

Verse 9-10
We are not known, but we are well known. We seem to be dying, but we continue to live. We are punished, but we are not killed. We have much sadness, but we are always rejoicing. We are poor, but we are making many people rich in faith. We have nothing, but really we have everything.

We have nothing, but really we have everything. I love that. 

People are always surrounding us; everywhere we go with everything we do. Especially knowing we are Christians, people will watch how we handle ourselves in situations. Are we calm? Are we going to blow up? Are we going to worry? Paul makes it clear in 2nd Corinthians 6 that we show we are true followers of Christ by how we handle ourselves. Yes, many hard things come our way, but it is God's Spirit in us that breeds strength, power, and peace to carry on in a storm. Accept the hard troubles... take on the huge problems... You have a God who is bigger and will tell you numerous times to fear not for He has overcome the world! Greater is he in you than that in the world! It may seem hopeless and like nothing is left, but really you have everything when you have Christ.

2nd Corinthians 12:9-10 Paul says, "But he said to me, 'My grace is enough for you. When you are weak, my power is made perfect in you.' So I am very happy to brag about my weaknesses. Then Christ's power can live in me. For this reason I am happy when I have weaknesses, insults, hard times, sufferings, and all kinds of troubles for Christ. Because when I am weak, then I am truly strong."

When you are weak, you are truly strong because Christ's power is being made perfect in you! Fear not in the storm for Christ's power is thriving within you. He is in control and it is his glory that will be made known when you rest in him. Respond to situations, circumstances, and storms in such a way that reflects a Christ mindset. I understand it's hard sometimes not to have a small freak out moment or a small second of worrying, but it's a matter of that fear overtaking you. Who is your hope really in when that fear has conquered your mind?

People are always watching. Show them you are planted in Christ during midst of the storm. Don't give them the power over you to speak, "Where is your God now?" Seek your strength in Christ and let him have his way. Don't give fear permission to overtake you. People will see Jesus when you show them your reliance on Him through the insanity of your storm.

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